According to UNDP’s Ghana Human Development Report 2007, these three regions “harbour the poorest of the poor.” So while Ghana — unlike many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa — has made some notable progress on some of the MDGs, that process has been very uneven within the country. Segments of the population have been left behind in other parts of Ghana as well, especially in the large urban centres in the south. Yet the worst indicators are concentrated in the north –
Ghanaian development experts, international aid agencies and residents of the north argue strongly that much more needs to be done to narrow the country’s regional divide. According to Charles Abugre, a Ghanaian economist and head of policy and advocacy for the non-governmental Christian Aid, Ghana will not be able to meet all the MDGs unless “deliberate government policies” are put in place to close the gap between north and south
Partnership formed between UN Women and the Mara Foundation, to enable and empower women entrepreneurs not only in Africa, but globally. The measure was announced yesterday during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mentoring, training and tools will be provided to help women entrepreneurs.
UN Women and Mara Foundation announce partnership to support women entrepreneurs in Africa.
When South Africa became democratic and political equality was adopted, little was done for economic equality. That mainly benefitted the already powerful whites. Economic liberalisation coupled with inequality and capitalist competition have engendered massive corruption
In conjunction with the passing of one of the greatest legends in our time, Nelson Mandela, South Africa gained some renewed attention. In general, the news stories regarding the country were negative and centred around widespread corruption associate with the government led by African National Congress. These reports are true, but they are far from complete. The corruption within the political elite stands in direct relation to the bribes and threats from the economic elite. It is absolutely crucial to complete the picture on corruption, not only to reach a greater truth, but also to mitigate racism and ideological delusions.
While government has made considerable strides since the dawn of democracy, much more still remains to be done to reduce inequality in the country, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.
Speaking at the Mail & Guardian 20 Years of Economic Transformation Summit in Sandton, Motlanthe said while poverty had declined, inequality had not, as data shows that the richest 10% of households still get over half of the country’s national income.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has asked African governments to give priority to policies that will help narrow income in equality among segments in society and promote opportunity for the poor, as the Continent’s growth picks up.
Raila said that while African countries form the majority of top ten growing economies in the world today, their growth is marching neck to neck with extreme poverty, where almost one out of every two Africans lives in extreme poverty.
Members of the African Union (AU) Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) on Tuesday met at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, on the framework of the 22nd AU summit.
The ambassadors met for their 27th ordinary session ahead of the session of the AU Executive Council meeting and the summit of heads of state scheduled for Jan. 27-28 and 30-31 respectively at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.
The AU meetings are set for Jan. 21-31 with the theme of “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture: Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development
Zambia will host the 20thsession of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) for southern Africa in March.
The ICE under the theme ‘Making natural resources work for Inclusive growth and sustainable development in Southern Africa’ will take place under the auspices of the Zambian Government from 5-7 March, 2014 in the City of Livingstone, Zambia’s tourist capital. Eleven SADC and COMESA member States are expected to participate in the meeting which convenes yearly to discuss topical economic and social developments in the region. This year, the meeting will focus on inclusive growth owing to the region’s impressive economic performance, its bountiful natural resources and how this can translate into employment and sustainable development
The Board of the African Development Bank Group, AfDB, on Thursday approved a new Gender Strategy from 2014 to 2018 to achieve improvement in Africa’s transformation.
The President of the bank, Donald Kaberuka, said that economic growth has to be gender inclusive.
Mr. Kaberuka said economic growth was not sufficient to create gender equality, but required political and practical will to drive the gender agenda forward.
In a whirlwind of events at the World Economic Forum in Davos today Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the vital need for Governments, business and civil society to cooperate whether in erasing gender inequality and harnessing “girl power” to reach development goals, combatting climate change, or eliminating hunger
With global political and business leaders gathering for the 44th annual World Economic Forum in Davos, discussions will be centred on the impact of slower economic growth across different regions, unemployment and income inequality, challenges Nigeria is also grappling with on the home front